Let The Training Begin

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Six races in six weeks:

One week in Las Vegas:

It’s time to get serious about my training.

The next race on my schedule is the Run to Remember at the end of May, which means I have just 5 weeks to step-it-up. My only goal for this race is to PR. Anything faster than my time at the National Half Marathon will make me happy.

Even though I’ve run 20 races from 5K to marathon with all sorts of distances mixed in, I still consider myself a beginner runner. Of course, I know a thing or two about running, but I read running blogs and love to learn ”˜tricks of the trade’ from more experienced runners. Just a couple of weeks ago, a few of my runner buddies told me about Smart Coach, which I am now obsessed with. It’s the BEST training program ever. I plan to use it for all of my races in the future.

Check this thing out! You can totally personalize your program to meet your running goals. Look at all of the options!


Here’s what Smart Coach turned out for me:


This training program looks pretty good to me, so I hope to stick to it in preparation for the Run to Remember. Let’s hope it helps me get faster!

How do you come up with training plans for yourself? Do you use online tools? Create them yourself?


Mid-morning, I took a break from my work to eat a quick snack: red grapes + a blueberry muffin.

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A few hours later, I took another break to eat lunch on the sun porch with Murphy. On my plate: Sandwich Thin with veggie hummus, arugula salad with tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and flax oil, strawberries, and Swiss and cheddar cheese cubes.

I love tasting plates like this”” I find that the flavors, colors, and textures are very satisfying, mentally and physically.

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I’m off to the gym to tackle my first training workout.

See ya!



  1. I love Smart Coach! Although I tend to come up with my own training plans, I’ve definitely put in all my info to see what it would churn out for me. I think it’s such a great tool, just like a lot of the other areas on RunnersWorld.com. Congrats on so many races – even though you think you’re a beginner, I’d say you’re a race day pro!

  2. Wow that smart coach thing looks like an awesome tool, thanks for sharing it!
    Tasting plates are the best lunches.. I love being able to satisfy my multiple cravings.

  3. Too bad that tool doesn’t add strength training. That’s a really important part of training. Will you be adding that in?

    All my training plans have to include strength training since it’s so crucial to prevent injuries.

  4. Oh my gosh! Thanks for posting! I was just looking for a new training plan! I previously used one I found in Runners’ World so I know I’ll like this!


  5. I love Boston’s Run to Remember, it is probably my favorite half I have done.

    Smart coach is the bomb, good luck with your training!

  6. That does look like a nice, satisfying lunch! For my marathon, I followed a pre-made online plan on the marathon website. For the half I’m doing this weekend, I made up my own plan.

  7. I think programs on-line or from books are a great starting point but those are based on rules and algorithms that are in no way personalized to you. Plus there are so many training programs out there geared towards getting you to the finish line, not necessarily getting you there quickly or even safely. So I’ve always tweaked programs to my liking, usually adding more long runs or more mileage in general. I know what works for me so while it’s nice to see the “bones” of these programs, my training and ultimately my race-day performance is on me.

  8. Looks like a good training tool. I’m contemplating doing a half marathon soon, so I would definitely need something like this… when I did a 10K, I didn’t really have a training plan, I just ran a few times a week for a month or two before the race, but I know for a half marathon, I’ll need a more structured training program.

  9. Wow look at you with all those races…fun!!! I dont use any online tools, I am not that sophisticated in my running..I just….run. And dont worry about it. When I used to race, I was still a “wing it” runner. As in, I had no plans. Which in most of my life, it’s very planned, just not with my running!

  10. I did National Half (I was too tired to make it to the meet-up) but I’m also going to do the Run to Remember! Since National I’ve been really trying to work on speed, this will be my second half and I really want to PR (like take 5mins off my National time! BIG GOAL!!!) I’ve been using a training plan from Training Peaks which I used a similar one to prep for National, but this one is more ‘intermediate’ less beginner, so it’s got more speed work.
    Hopefully there can be another meet up at the Run to Remember!

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